Women of Distinction Nomination Categories

Business/EducationThe Business/Education award is given to a woman who excels in the business or education field and shows outstanding abilities, accomplishments, and leadership. She will be an innovator in her field, nurturing and inspiring to others, and continually contributing to the vitality of our community.

Community Leadership - The Harriett F. Rust Community Leadership Award will be given to a woman who has made significant contributions as a volunteer to better McLean County. This woman contributes greatly to the quality of life in the community through political involvement, public service, government, or social service. She may be elected, appointed, hired, or be a volunteer.

Human ServicesThe Human Services award is given to a woman who works or volunteers in the human services sector and shows great accomplishments and leadership through direct assistance or advocacy that enhances the quality of life for all, especially those who face disadvantages/challenges, for people in McLean County.

Mission ImpactThe Mission Impact Award is given to a woman who excels at amplifying the YWCA Mission in their work and daily life. The award honors a woman for her academic/career achievements, community service, advocacy, and commitment to the YWCA Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)The STEAM award is given to a professional in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts, or math. This woman has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the field of STEAM; helping to break down gender barriers and carve a path not just for herself, but for generations to follow.

PromiseThe Promise Award is given to a woman who has been in their career for five years or less. A woman of Promise is making significant contributions to her community through her leadership, maturity, innovation, volunteer service, or other special achievements and inspires others to follow her example.

Community Key – The Community Key award is given to a woman who serves McLean County through a job that ensures the function of her community. This award honors a woman for her hard work and dedication to a position critical to the effective, efficient functioning of everyday life. Countless doors – both literally and figuratively – would not be able to open without her.